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South Carolina vs Clemson NCAAB Predictions: Gamecocks Try to Overcome History vs Tigers

One of the most enjoyable college football rivalries in the country is set to make its way to the hardwood. And both the South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers have been more than a bit surprising at times through the early stage of the 2023-24 college hoops season,

This sets up a huge early-season rivalry game with the Tigers officially moving into the Top 25 following a 7-0 start and back-to-back wins over then-No. 23 ranked Alabama and Pittsburgh.

South Carolina vs Clemson NCAAB Predictions: Gamecocks Try to Overcome History vs Tigers
South Carolina vs Clemson NCAAB Predictions: Gamecocks Try to Overcome History vs Tigers

As for South Carolina, the same statement on being unbeaten heading into this matchup stands true, as the Gamecocks are 7-0 as well, with victories over Virginia Tech, DePaul, Notre Dame, and George Washington.

A rivalry matchup where both teams have a chance to hand the other loss No. 1 on the season? Seems like must-see TV, so let’s dive in.

South Carolina vs Clemson Head-to-Head

South Carolina holds an 83-68 advantage in the all-time series over Clemson, but recent history hasn’t been favorable to the Gamecocks. The Tigers have emerged victorious in six of the last seven meetings and have been especially dominant at home, winning 17 of the last 18 times these teams have met at Clemson.

South Carolina vs Clemson Game Information

  • Game: South Carolina (7-0) vs Clemson (7-0)
  • Date/Time: Dec. 6, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
  • South Carolina vs Clemson Live Stream: TBS.com

 

 

South Carolina vs Clemson Game Prediction

The big question is whether South Carolina can keep Clemson’s 6-foot-10 center PJ Hall in check. He’s a matchup nightmare for any team and currently averages 21.4 points and 7.6 rebounds over 28.4 minutes per game. The Tigers have also been fueled by strong guard play with Joseph Girard III (14.7 points) and Chase Hunter (12.0 points per game), but both players will have their hands full.

The Gamecocks’ exceptionally talented guard Meechie Johnson is off to a hot start, averaging 17.9 points per game while getting strong production from backcourt mate Myles Stute and the team’s second-leading scorer, forward B.J. Mack (16.7 points per game).

While Johnson is going to cause problems for the Tigers, I think the mismatch with Hall is too much for the Gamecocks to overcome. It’ll be a close game throughout, but I’m taking Clemson to pull away at home.

Predicted Score: Clemson Tigers 76, South Carolina Gamecocks 72

Worth Targeting the Total?

Currently, the total for South Carolina vs. Clemson checks in at 139½ and I do think that number is slightly low. Both teams have the upside to boast stellar defensive play, but they average 76.7 (South Carolina) and 80.3 (Clemson) points per game offensively and each team has numerous playmakers.

I think the total is too low and I’d definitely target the over in this spot.

College Basketball Pick: Over 139½ (-110)

Worth Betting ATS?

While Clemson has impressed, there’s sure to be some pushback from South Carolina fans following the release of Wednesday’s NCAA basketball spreads. The Tigers are 8½-point favorites.

My one concern here is how dominant Clemson has been at home specifically in this series against South Carolina. That said, the Gamecocks have a group we’ve already seen capable of winning tough games, and while I think they do ultimately fall short here, they won’t get blown out.

I’m taking a tight finish and will happily take nearly nine points with South Carolina.

College Basketbball Pick: South Carolina +8½ (-110)

 

South Carolina vs Clemson Betting Lines

 

Questions Of The Day

Will Clemson go against the spread and win over South Carolina?


I think Clemson does not cover and South Carolina keeps it close throughout losing in a narrow result.

Will Meechie Johnson Jr. be a key factor for South Carolina to win against Clemson?


Meechie Johnson could ultimately be the difference maker to help pull off a potential upset, as he’s the team’s best scorer and most all-around talented playmaker.

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